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Best Unique Shopping in the Mission District, San Francisco

San Francisco’s Mission District (called just “the Mission”) is one of my new favorite neighborhoods to explore and shop. Whenever I travel I love to scope out those on-the-cusp neighborhoods like the Mission.  These just-gentrifying neighborhoods offer the best of both worlds– a sense of history and traditional culture given new life by an influx […]

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Visit a Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco

Visiting Chinatowns in American cities is a fun way to get a snapshot of immigrant culture. Even though my home city of New York has a sizable Chinatown of its own, it doesn’t hold a candle to San Francisco ‘s Chinatown– which is often called the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. While New York’s Chinatown […]

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Mai Tai’s and Tiki Culture in California

Visiting a great tiki bar is almost like taking a mini vacation to the South Pacific. I’ll take a fruity drink and some over-the-top Polynesian decor over a slick martini lounge any day. California has always been the epicenter for mainland tiki culture. The very first tiki bar opened in Los Angeles back in 1934, […]

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Pick up Your Pirate Supplies at San Francisco’s 826 Valencia

San Francisco’s Only Pirate Supply Store: 826 Valencia When I first heard that there was a pirate supply store in San Francisco’s Mission District, I admit I was a little skeptical. I figured it would be one of those slightly seedy, year-round costume shops, filled with black vinyl “sexy pirate” costumes. But a little research […]

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Fisherman’s Wharf: San Francisco Sourdough Bread from Boudin Bakery

Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco: the Best Attractions and Souvenirs Fisherman’s Wharf is the Times Square of San Francisco– you know it’s a complete tourist trap, but you still feel compelled to visit anyway. Walking past the never-ending stream of chain stores, restaurants and wax museums can make you feel like you’re in a giant outdoors […]

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